Norfolk House Party A Wonderful Week With Wonderful People 15 to 22 October 2022

Cranes Flying Hickling

A flock of 21 Common Cranes were just one of so many highlights - over 130 species of birds enjoyed.

We always look forward to our annual week long Norfolk House Party each October always so much fun. This year our lovely group of six guests were all “repeat offenders” from previous Norfolk House Parties so knew the ropes and were all thrilled to meet up again.

During our week on the North Norfolk Coast we visited many birding sites and enjoyed a lot of birds – as you would expect on a Birdwatching Trips Tour – but we also had so much fun and laughter and enjoyed fantastic food too oh and the drop of excellent wines and superb gin and tonics. Perhaps it is not to surprising folks keep coming back for more.

Just a few of the birding highlights included…

Spotted Redshank

Spotted Redshank one of the many wonderful birds we enjoyed at RSPB Titchwell.

A wonderful spinning Grey Phalarope at RSPB Titchwell was amazing! It was on the fresh marsh where we enjoyed three encounters with this very scarce visitor. Titchwell also provided up close views of a gorgeous Snow Bunting on the beach, a lovely Purple Sandpiper that posed on the concrete blocks on the beach and a manic bobbing Jack Snipe that we enjoyed frame filling views of. All these were in addition to the Titchwell regulars such as Spotted Redshank, Ruff, and beautiful close up looks as masses of Golden Plover, Marsh Harriers, a fantastic Bittern and showing off Bearded Tits.

Burnham Overy Staithe Sept 2

The stunning view from our balcony at the house we use for our Norfolk House Party - not bad eh?

Our walks from the lovely house we use for our Norfolk House Party are always one of the highlights as it is so good to walk out after breakfast along the seawall to the dunes and beach beyond seeing so many birds. Pink-footed Geese leaving their nearby roost, against the rising sun, in their thousands gets the walk off to a spectacular start each time, what a spectacle of sight and sound just breath-taking! The harbour and marsh are alive with waders, Dark-bellied Brent Geese and always raptors in the air this year almost as many Red Kites as the numerous Marsh Harriers wonderful to see. We had a magical encounter with a Kingfisher posing by a reed bed and a wonderful view of a Bittern on another morning. The big sky and wild coast are always a thrill to be out in with that every present feeling of what will we see next – the joy of birding in Norfolk in October! We had a Richard’s Pipit, a Lapland Bunting, beautiful Redwings, flocks of Barnacle Geese, Great Egrets, Peregrine and flocks of Bearded Tits erupting out of the reed beds all in walking distance from our wonderful house. A late Sandwich Tern was a nice surprise over the beach as we watched Grey Plover and Sanderling.

One day we visited the Ouse Washes and had a fantastic encounter with 21 Common Cranes feeding on the wash lands, what a sight and sound! These massive birds were enjoyed on the ground, where they did some dancing, and in majestic flight making their beautiful bugle calls. Nearby at WWT Welney we had super views of seven Cattle Egrets along with masses of Wigeon, Pintail and Teal. Flocks of Black-tailed Godwits and Northern Lapwing were beautiful in the autumn sunshine and plenty of Whooper Swans were back on the reserve already.

Yellow browed Warbler Norfolk Oct 2017 1

A classic Norfolk October bird the Yellow-browed Warbler but in short supply this autumn.

We also visited the famous Cley Norfolk Wildlife Trust Reserve where we enjoyed so many birds but it was the sea-watching from the beach that produced some great surprises. It was a very windy week indeed so we did a few spells of sea-watching and were rewarded with a late Common Tern, gangs of Little Gulls and a Black-throated Diver along with so many Red-throated Divers. At nearby Walsey Hills we tracked down a wonderful Yellow-browed Warbler, all the way from Siberia. With a little patience we all enjoyed great looks at this tiny but beautiful visitor from the east.

At Holkam we enjoyed huge numbers of Pink-footed Geese and in the same field’s super views of Grey Partridge always good to see. Lots of Marsh Harriers hunting here along with Red Kites and Great Egrets numbered at least seven one day – how times have changed a rare bird not so long ago. Off Holkham Beach we watched two Velvet Scoter amongst Common Scoter and may more Red-throated Divers. At Holkham Park we were surprised to see four late House Martins hawking for insects right overhead.

Our wonderful Norfolk House Party folks enjoying some sunshine on one of our walks from the house.

A wonderful week and so much fun with the best company and well over 130 species of birds despite some pretty grim weather was very impressive indeed. Huge thanks to Barry and Wendy, Michael and Elizabeth, Mike and Rachel for the best compny and so many laughs. Come and join us for the very best Birdwatching Trips soon.

We look forward to enjoying great birds and wildlife with you soon.

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